Friday Favorites–Flowers

The winter after my daughter turned one, I bought an amaryllis bulb.  Surprisingly, I remembered to water it a few times, and it bloomed into a beautiful red flower.  It just so happened that Codi had a favorite book, which we had to read every day, that included a flower that looked just like it.  Every single time we reached that page, she’d point to the flower.  The weird thing is, she continued to point at the spot where the flower used to be every time we read the book, long after it was dead and gone.

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In the wake of this same girl turning 18 and every day bringing up a new aspect of what college life will be like, I nostalgically bought another amaryllis last month.  It finally bloomed a couple of days ago, leading me to a realization.  I need one of these every year.  Having that bright flower in the window is the perfect antidote for the dreary, post holiday month of January.  Even without a little blonde girl pointing it out.

For all the beauty of an amaryllis, with none of the watering, check out this lovely pop-up card from CardNotions on Etsy.

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The flower on this Back to School Headband from Brassy Apple is simple enough to make with some motivated little girls.

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I like the way this Fabric Flower from I’m Feelin’ Crafty is cut in a spiral, making it curve perfectly.

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I love a tutorial that has no words, like these Paper Dogwood Flowers from La Manufacture, and what a fabulous re-use of a shopping bag and tissue.

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Do you have an old necktie lying around?  Make it into a cute flower with this tutorial from My Heart is Yours.

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These Felt Camelias from How Joyful would be perfect on top of a gift or attached to a headband.

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I just love the ruffley-ness of these Ruffled Fabric Flowers from Quiltish.

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I’ve seen these rick-rack flowers around, but didn’t understand how they were made until right this very minute.  Thanks to The Crafting Chicks for excellent directions on their Rick Rack Rosettes.

Buttons always make cute flowers, and here’s a slightly different take from Artsy Crafty Babe.

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As if I needed a reason to want a rainbow of duct tape, I’ve added these Duct Tape Flower Pens from Seven Sisters to my want list.

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Here’s hoping you find something to brighten up your day today!

6 thoughts on “Friday Favorites–Flowers

  1. Staci, did you know that you can plant your Amaryllis outside? I have several that I got from my Mom. And since they do multiply, you can have a whole bed of them if you want. Mine are an orangey red. I want a pink one and a white one, too. OK, I want one of every color.

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    • I didn’t think of that, but I’m definitely going to try it! What do I have to lose? I planted a florist daffodil outside a few years ago, and it still comes up every year. I’m with you, I’d love to have an amaryllis in every color!

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